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Originally posted 07/03/2012 01:30PM
Let's settle the debate. Did we need a Spidey reboot five years after his last outing? Nope. This Spider-Man's solid script and capable effects simply aren't vibrant enough to warrant rehashing high-school shutterbug Peter Parker's life-altering spider bite. The performances, though – now those are extraordinary.
Start with the supporting cast. For gravitas, Martin Sheen and Sally Field play parental figures Uncle Ben and Aunt May, with Sheen giving Ben the fiery righteousness needed to orient Peter's moral compass in darker days.
Rhys Ifans adds nuanced edge as mad scientist Curt Connors, while Dennis Leary stiffens his spine as police captain George Stacy, out to nab a certain web-slinging vigilante.
Originally posted 03/21/2011 08:00AM
Martin Sheen understands the "hell" son Charlie Sheen is going through.
He believes that Charlie, despite being 45, is still "emotionally" a child. "Because when you're addicted, you don't grow emotionally. So. when you get clean and sober you're starting at the moment you started using drugs or alcohol," the actor tells the U.K's Telegraph magazine. "You're emotionally crippled."
Sheen, 70, has been through similar difficulties, he concedes: "I know what hell he's living in. I've had psychotic episodes in public. One of them was on camera – the opening scene of Apocalypse Now. ... I know what Charlie is going through. And when you do something like that, that is out of control, that's the most difficult thing. You have to have courage."
Originally posted 02/23/2011 02:50PM
Charlie Sheen has had a tumultuous year to say the least – but his father, legendary actor Martin Sheen, says he's making progress.
"He's doing well," the elder Sheen tells the U.K.'s Sky News of Charlie, 45. "We pray for him. If he had cancer, how would you treat him?"
"This disease of addiction is a form of cancer," Martin adds. "You have to have an equal measure of concern and love and lift him up."
Originally posted 10/08/2008 04:10PM
Move over Barack Obama and John McCain, there's a new presidential nominee in the running – "fake" nominee that is.
Paris Hilton, in her latest FunnyorDie video clip, confers with "one of the greatest fake presidents," Martin Sheen, who played President Bartlet on The West Wing, as she herself runs for "fake president."
While the two sit in a kitchen discussing politics, Hilton admits to Sheen that "running for fake president is a little daunting."
So what about the issues, Paris? "I plan to bring a fake balance approach to these real problems. For example, Fo-Po," she says.
A puzzled Sheen asks, "What is Fo-Po?"
"Foreign Policy, silly!" Hilton exclaims, before Sheen responds: "Of course BF! I should have known that one."
Originally posted 04/13/2006 08:00AM
There is life after seven years in the White House for West Wing star Martin Sheen: He's going back to school.
Originally posted 03/23/2005 08:00AM
DEFENDED: Parents Martin and Janet Sheen tell Entertainment Tonight they will not permit tabloid rumors about their son Charlie Sheen to go unanswered. "We cannot remain silent during what appears to be a ruthless and savage attack by the media on Charlie's character. To imply that he is in any way regressing to the behavior that cost him so dearly and almost ended his life just seven years ago is not only the lowest form of journalism, but sinks to the level of defamation." Sheen's wife, Denise Richards, filed for divorce last month, causing speculation over why the marriage was ending while Richards is seven months pregnant with their second child. Added the elder Sheen: "What happens between two people in a relationship or marriage is so private and deeply personal that it is not possible for anyone outside to truly understand or judge responsibly."
Originally posted 05/04/2004 9:00AM
It's no surprise that Alicia Keys and jazz trumpet master Arturo Sandoval got a standing ovation after playing her song "If I Ain't Got You" at the Billboard Latin Music Awards last week – especially since their newfound friendship added to their onstage chemistry. Keys and Sandoval first met during the show's rehearsal in Miami, then spent the following day together at Sandoval's Coral Gables home, where his wife, Marianela, cooked traditional Cuban food for the singer-songwriter and her entourage, including black beans, rice, yucca, chicken, pork, mojitos and flan. Keys, who doesn't eat chicken or pork, feasted on a plate of rice and beans and a tuna salad that Marianela prepared especially for her, then listened while Sandoval played piano. After the awards show, all went to dinner together at Nobu at the Shore Club in South Beach.
Originally posted 03/27/2003 01:00PM
"The West Wing" star Martin Sheen appeared at a Los Angeles prayer vigil Wednesday with his mouth covered by a piece of duct tape which read "Peace," reports The Associated Press.
Originally posted 03/04/2003 01:00PM
NBC is denying Martin Sheen's claim that the network attempted to prevent its "West Wing" president from filming an anti-war commercial, the Associated Press reports.
Originally posted 02/20/2003 10:00AM
He may not be the president of the United States, but he plays him every week on NBC's "The West Wing." And so, Martin Sheen will also take the helm Thursday in a TV commercial urging Americans to join a Feb. 26 "virtual march" on the nation's capital to oppose a war with Iraq.
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